St. Patrick’s Athletic 3–0 Bohemians (pt2)

The first Dublin derby of the season ended with home side, St. Patrick’s Athletic, running out comfortable 3–0 winners against 10-man Bohemians at a chilly Richmond Park.

But it was the drum-banging “red army” fans who went home much the happier. An excellent performance from St. Pat’s was rewarded with goals from Mark Timlin, fans favourite Christy Fagan and a late third from Billy Dennehy, allowing the Inchicore based side to take all three points and bragging rights against their cross town rivals, Bohemians.

It was a nightmare start for the away side and they found themselves 1–0 with just four minutes on the clock. Mark Timlin headed home a pin-point cross from Ian Bermingham after a swift move down the left for his first of the season. It seemed as if Liam Buckley’s men had targeted Bohs right back Derek Pender right from the off with a couple of lovely switches of play dropping just behind the Bohs captain. The pacey left hand side of Billy Dennehy and Bermingham continued to cause problems for the Gypsies and just 8 minutes later, Ex-Bohs man Christy Fagan doubled the home sides advantage. Dennehy looped a right foot volley, from the left wing, over isolated Bohs centre half Roberto Lopes, allowing the lone striker to nod home. At the time, the Pat’s number nine looked slightly offside, being on the wrong side of the Bohs defence, but the flag stayed down much to the jubilation of the home fans. It was the Saints strikers third in as many games and his 50th goal for the club.

Keith Long will no doubt be furious at his sides slack start to the game and disappointed his side didn’t match the intensity of their Dublin rivals. Despite this poor start, the raucous away fans were in full voice desperately trying to lift their side. It seemed to have an affect as they began to grow more and more into the game and looked comfortable in possession. Kurtis Byrne, who was looking to follow up on his stunning winner against Sligo, hit a nice right footed volley which was well saved by Brendan Clarke. This was followed by a free kick from ex St. Pat’s front man, Mark Quigly, from about 30 yards out which also hit the target. It was a reminder to the home side that the game was not yet over. With Bohs desperately trying to claw there way back into the game, Paddy Kavanagh and Ismahil Akinade found themselves in referee Padraig Sutton’s book with some full blooded tackles.

Keith Long must have given his troops the hairdryer treatment at halftime, as Bohs came out and dominated the start of the second half. As a unit they pushed a further 20 yards up the pitch to take the game to the hosts. Eoin Wearen began dictating play and the energetic Keith Buckley was alot more vocal and busier in midfield. This resulted in Pat’s dropping deeper and deeper and seemed to take the foot of the gas a little whilest looking to protect their two goal cushion.

But just as Bohs were grabbig a foothold in the game, ex-Irish international, Keith Tracey, started to show his class in keeping possession and portraying his long range passing ability, finding teammates with ease, and in turn frustrating the visitors who were probing but to no avail. This frustration boiled over when Bohs front man, Akinade, was deemed late on Shane McEleney and subsequently picked up his second yellow of the game and receiving his marching orders. That dismissal seemed to end Bohs hopes of salvaging anything from the game.

Long bravely decided to go with three at the back after replacing Derek Prendergast with Ayman Ben Mohammed in one last throw of the dice. The tiring Mark Quigley was also replaced by the fresh legs of Jake Kelly in a bid to liven things up and hopefully pull one back. But with the game coming to a close, Man of the Match Dennehy, got the goal his performance deserves and subsequently rubbing salt in the wounds of the away side, by nodding in the third headed goal of the night, following good work by Conan Byrne down the right flank.

After the game, the proud Pat’s boss was delighted with how his side played, saying “I thought we definitely outplayed them” and “I thought, tonight, the first half we played better than Bohs, second half was a little bit iffy but I’m just pleased that we’re picking up a few points.” Not just thrilled with how his side performed, Buckley was also keen to praise his new look squad and how they are gelling, “We’ve definitely got a lot of good players and I do think they’ll get better — as long as they keep working hard, which they’re doing in training, I’ve no doubt we’ll get there.”

St. Patrick’s Athletic: Brendan Clarke, Ger O’Brien(Capt), Ian Bermingham, Darren Dennehy, David Cawley, Keith Tracey (Sub Sam Verdon), Christy Fagan, Mark Timlin (sub Conan Byrne), Graham Kelly, Shane McEleney, Billy Dennehy

Subs not used: Dylan McGlade, Darragh Markey, Jason McGuinness, Patrick Jennings

Bohemians: Dean Delaney, Derek Pender (Capt), Roberto Lopes, Derek Pendergast (sub Ayman ben Mohammed), Eoin Wearen, Keith Buckley, Mark Quigley (sub Jake Kelly), Kurtis Byrne, Stephen Best, Paddy Kavanagh, Ishmahil Akinade.

Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Daniel Byrne, David Mulcahy, Adam Evans, Dylan Hayes

Referee: Padriag Sutton

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